The Rossoneri manager says his side will face serious challenges in the group stage, but they must remain focused on their performances.
4-1 in their second Serie A match of the season on Sunday. Sandro Tonali scored the opener for the Rossoneri in the 12th minute. Alessandro Deiola equalized the match for Cagliari only three minutes later, only for Rafael Leao to score Milan’s second goal in the 17th minute. The Rossoneri extended their lead by two goals from their newly-added striker Olivier Giroud.
Milan played in front of their fans for the first time in over 18 months. The Rossoneri boss
says the presence of the fans has inspired his players to secure the victory.
“This warmth and enthusiasm made us emotional, we did well to use that passion as fuel, playing with verve and pace. It’s true, perhaps the team can’t hear my instructions as well in this noise, but they know what they’re doing!”
the coach told
Asked about Tonali’s performance, Pioli responded:
“The day we started pre-season training, I saw that Tonali, Leao and Rade Krunic were more mature, more ready for this challenge. They learned from last season, worked really hard and have come forward in leaps and bounds.”
Milan are back in the Champions League for the first time in eight years. The Rossoneri must compete with
in the group stage. The Italian manager says his side must maintain their positive mentality in their upcoming matches.
“We’ve got a remarkable run of games coming up after the break for international duty, including Liverpool, Juventus and Atalanta, so we need to keep this mentality and enthusiasm.
“If we really want a positive future, we must treat everyone as first choice players. We’re missing some at the moment, a couple more might arrive, but we must train the way we want to play and play the way we train.
“The Champions League group is very tough, as we have an opponent that won the trophy two years ago, another that won La Liga and Porto who eliminated Juventus last season. We must see this as an opportunity to be grabbed with both hands and enjoyed.
“We are getting used to playing entertaining football and enjoying ourselves, but we must also remember that the great teams are also capable of winning ugly.”
After the international break, Milan will face Lazio on September 12, before facing Liverpool in their first Champions League clash three days later.
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